Pahang not rewarded for all their effort

March 18, 2015

Pahang threw in everything they had despite taking the field with a depleted side against Hong Kong’s South China, but had to face the disappointment of losing by a solitary goal at the Darul Makmur Stadium tonight.

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Pahang started their AFC Group G match against table toppers after two match – Hong Kong’s South China – without their two key foreign players upfront, Dickson Nwkaeme and Matias Conti, who were not even in the reserves bench as they were nursing injuries.

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They also had to miss skipper Razman Roslan serving his second match suspension, while Azamuddin Akil was also nursing injury.

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This left R. Gopinathan, R. Surendran, Mohd Rizua Shafiqi and Azizdan Sarudin all operating from midfield to lead the attack.

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It was a cautious approach by both teams from the first whistle, but as the match progressed it was Pahang who looked the aggressors and looked dangerous.

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But in a counterattack which looked harmless as the defenders were trying to contain the attack, South China Chan Siu Ki’s sudden shot from the top of the box caught Pahang goalkeeper Khairulazhan Khalid by surprise to concede in the 13th minute.

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Pahang came back strongly to find the equaliser and looked threatening on numerous occasions and had a golden opportunity in the 37th minute when Gopinathan weaved his magic along the left flank and send a neat cross for Surendran to send home but fumbled it.

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Pahang came close to finding the equaliser again in 51st minute when Muhamad Nor Azam’s well curled ball from outs 30 metres out just missed sailing into goal by centimetres as South China goalkeeper Mora Medrano was well beaten.

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Surendran was substituted in the 63rd minute to see Mohd Faizal Abdul Rani to come in to give a fresh bite upfront as South China were pressed deep into their half to defend.

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But for all the domination, Pahang could not find the net and coach Zainal Abidin Hassan brought in Mohd Hazri Rozali for Hafiz Kamal in the 79th minute with the hope that their fortune will change.

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With the minutes ticking away Zainal made his final substitution when he sent in Mohd Faisal Mohd Rosli for a tiring Gopinathan with four minutes on the clock.

Defenders Damion and Zesh even moved upfront in the dying minutes to try salvage the game, but it was not to be. All came to nought despite making an all-out effort to find the elusive equaliser.

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It was Pahang’s first loss after having won against Myanmar’s Yadanardon 2-1 away and played to a scoreless draw against Philippines’ Global FC at home.

PAHANG

Team Manager: Mohd Fahrizal Hasan

Coach: Zainal Abidin Hassan

First X1

23 Mohd Khairulazha Mohd Khalid (GK)

3 Mohd Saiful Nizam Miswan

4 Damion Delano Stewart (captain)

6 Zeshan Rehman

7 R. Surendran

8. Azidan Sarudin

20 Mohd Shahrizan Mohd Salleh

21 Mohd Hafiz Kamal

24 R. Gopinathan

27 Muhamad Nor Azam Abdul Azih

25 Mohd Rizua Shafiqi Kamarulzaman

Reserves:

23 Mohd Nasril Nourdin (GK)

2 Jalalludin Abu Jaafar

14 Mohd Faisal Mohd Rosli

16 Mohd Hazri Rozali

17 Mohd Zaiza Zainal Abidin

18 Muhammad Syawal Norsham

29 Mohd Faizal Abdul Rani

 

 

SOUTH CHINA (HONG KONG)

Team Manager: Goldbert Chi Chiu

Team Coach: Roberto Mario Carlos Gomez

First XI

12 Mora Medrano (GK)

2 Jack Sealy

5 Chak Ting Fung

7 Chan Siu Ki

8 Mahama Awal

15 Chan Wai Ho (captain)

16 Philip Chan Siu Kwan

17 Leung Chun Pong

22 Malisic Bojan

24 Lo Kong Wai

38 Daniel James McBreen

Reserves:

39 Leung Hing Kit (GK)

9 Lee Wai Lim

10 Lam Hok Hei

20 Lau Cheuk Hin

23 Che Runqiu

31 Michael Cheng Lai Hin

99 Li Nhai Hon

 

 

Match Officials

Referee: Fu Ming (China PR)

Assistant Referee 1: Mu Yuxin (China PR)

Assistant Referee 2: Xu Peng (China PR)

Fourth Official: Wang Zhe (China PR)

Match Commissioner: Davlatmand Islomov(Tajikistan)

Referee Assessor: Farkhad Abdullaev (Uzbekistan)


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